London buses to be powered by coffee grounds

Javier Howell
November 21, 2017

The B20 biofuel, which uses a 20 per cent bio-component containing coffee oil, is to be added to the London bus fuel supply chain, the two firms said.

According to Engadget, Londoners drink around 20 million cups of coffee a day.

London also creates enough coffee ground waste to generate a scale large enough to help fuel around a third of the London transport system.

To combat this, bio-bean has started working with high-street chains and factories in an effort to collect their waste coffee grounds and start putting it to better use. Bio-bean and fuel partner Argent Energy processes this oil into a blended B20 biofuel.

This also isn't the first time TfL has turned to biofuels to power its public transportation.

BUSES are now powered by coffee. Six-thousand litres of coffee oil have been produced so far.

Sinead Lynch, Shell's United Kingdom country chair, said: "We're pleased to be able to support bio-bean to trial this innovative new energy solution which can help to power buses, keeping Londoners moving around the city - powered in part by their waste coffee grounds".

Shell's collaboration with bio-bean and Argent Energy is part of Shell's #makethefuture energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs by turning energy innovations into a positive impact for communities worldwide.

According to the announcement, London coffee drinkers produce more than 200,000 tonnes of grounds a year.

Bio-bean, a technology company that recycles ground coffee, said it has produced enough coffee oil to run one bus in the capital for a year.

Sinead Lynch, Shell UK country chair, said the company is always looking for the next inventive solution.

In fact, if everyone in London just drank a mere 12 cups of coffee a day, we'd be able to power every single bus in London for a year.

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